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Abstract

The IBM® System x3550 M3 builds on the latest Intel Xeon processor technology with extreme processing power and superior energy-management and cooling features. With twice the performance of previous generations and a flexible, energy-smart design that integrates low-wattage components, the x3550 M3 can help you meet demanding workloads at a lower cost per watt.

Note: The IBM System x3550 M3 is now withdrawn from marketing. The replacement server is the IBM System x3550 M4.

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM® System x3550 M3 builds on the latest Intel Xeon processor technology with extreme processing power and superior energy-management and cooling features. With twice the performance of previous generations and a flexible, energy-smart design that integrates low-wattage components, the x3550 M3 can help you meet demanding workloads at a lower cost per watt.

Suggested uses: customers requiring a highly available, energy-efficient, rack-optimized solution for physical and virtual intensive commercial environments like eBusiness/eCommerce, collaboration, virtualization, database, and enterprise resource planning applications.

Figure 1 shows the IBM System x3550 M3.

The IBM System x3550 M3
Figure 1. The IBM System x3550 M3

Did you know?

The x3550 M3 offers a flexible, scalable design and simple upgrade path to eight HDDs or SSDs, and 288 GB of memory. In addition, a built-in altimeter provides more efficient power utilization and lower noise levels.

Comprehensive systems management tools such as advanced diagnostics, a cable management arm, and the ability to control resources from a single point make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage. The server also offers an upgrade to four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports without consuming an additional PCI Express slot.

Key features

The challenge of a high-performance business is to do more with less—serve more Web pages, handle more secure connections, support more email users. You need to reduce the costs of doing business and improve the service you deliver to your customers while lowering your overall risk. The dual-socket IBM System x3550 M3 can reduce your costs with its energy-smart design. It can improve service with reduced operational complexity and increased management functionality. It will lower your IT risk with the resiliency that comes from having no single point of failure. And like all IBM servers, the x3550 M3 offers you the trust that comes from IBM global reach, service, and support.

Performance

The x3550 M3 offers numerous features to boost performance and reduce costs:

  • Up to two 6-core Xeon 5600 series processors offering superior performance. Xeon 5600 series processors offer up to 54% better performance than the previous generation 5500 series processors (workload dependent).
  • Eighteen DIMMs of registered 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory provide speed, high availability, and a memory capacity of up to 288 GB.
  • High-performance 6 Gbps SAS RAID controllers and 15K RPM 6 Gbps SAS disk drives in a variety of capacities to suit your local storage requirements.
  • The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support 20,000 I/O operations per second (IOPS) whereas a typical HDD handles fewer than 500 IOPS.

Flexibility and scalability

The x3550 M3 has the ability to grow with your application requirements with these features:
  • Very high density computing in a 1U dual-socket server.
  • A choice of 4-core or 6-core processors with clock rates from 1.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz.
  • 18 DIMM sockets allowing memory expansion of up to 288 GB.
  • A choice of power supplies including 460 W, 675 W AC or DC, or energy-efficient 675 W.
  • Five USB 2.0 ports available - two front, two rear, and one internal for an embedded hypervisor.
  • Storage bay flexibility: Up to eight hot-swap 2.5" drive bays for SAS or SATA HDDs, or solid-state drives (intermixing supported); or four 2.5" bays plus an internal optical drive bay.
  • Direct-attach SAS storage with the EXP2512, EXP2524, and EXP3000 storage enclosures is supported. IBM System Storage servers, including network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-attached storage, can also be attached.
  • The x3550 M3 provides two PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 x16 I/O slots for increased network or storage connectivity.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3550 M3:
  • The x3550 M3 includes an Integrated Management Module (IMM) to monitor server availability, perform Predictive Failure Analysis, and trigger IBM Systems Director alerts.
  • An optional Virtual Media Key enables additional systems management capabilities, including web-based out-of-band remote control (keyboard video and mouse), remote optical drive support, Windows “blue screen” error capture, and support for LDAP and SSL protocols.
  • Text Console Redirection support allows the administrator to remotely view x3550 M3 text messages over Serial or LAN connections.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) next-generation BIOS. New capabilities include:
    • Human readable event logs — no more beep codes.
    • Complete out-of-band coverage by the Advance Settings Utility to simplify remote setup.
    • A complete setup solution, allowing adapter configuration functions to be moved into UEFI.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support.
  • Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 support alerts IBM Systems Director to anomalous environmental factors, such as voltage and thermal conditions. It also supports highly secure remote power control using data encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. IBM Systems Director comes with a portfolio of tools, including IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Service and Support Manager, and others. IBM Systems Director also offers extended systems management tools for additional server management and increased availability. When a problem is encountered, IBM Systems Director can issue administrator alerts via email, pager, and other methods.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager provides advanced power management features with actual real-time energy monitoring, reporting, and capping features.

Availability and serviceability

The System x3550 M3 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • The x3550 M3 servers offer Chipkill ECC memory protection (when using x4 DIMMs). Chipkill memory is up to 16 times better than standard ECC memory at correcting memory errors. This can help reduce downtime caused by memory errors.
  • The x3550 M3 offers memory mirroring for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
  • Toolless cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as HDDs and memory. Similarly, the Virtual Media Key and the ServeRAID controller can be installed and replaced without tools. This means less time (and therefore less money) spent servicing the x3550 M3.
  • The server offers hot-swap and redundant fan modules and power supplies and hot-swap disk drives (redundant when implemented in conjunction with a RAID controller). These features mean greater system uptime.
  • Toolless slides ship with the server, together with a cable management arm (CMA), that allows the rack server to easily slide into place.
  • The drop-down light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution, and helps improve system availability.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs for greater uptime.
  • The three-year (parts and labor) limited onsite warranty provides peace of mind and greater investment protection than a one-year warranty does.

Energy efficiency

The System x3550 M3 has an energy-efficient design with features including the following:
  • Low-voltage processors draw less energy and produce less waste heat than high-voltage processors, thus helping to reduce data center energy costs. Available 4-core Xeon 5600 series processors use only 40 W and 6-core processors consume as little as 60 W.
  • Optional solid-state drives (SSDs) use only 2 W of power per drive, compared to 9 - 10 W for 2.5-inch HDDs. This is as much as 80% less power than a 2.5-inch HDD would use, with a corresponding reduction in heat output that further improves the overall bottom line.
  • Support for 1.35 V low-voltage DDR3 memory DIMMs that consume 20% less energy.
  • Energy-efficient components, including low-voltage transistors and voltage regulator modules, and power supplies that are up to 90% efficient.
  • The x3550 M3 uses hexagonal ventilation holes in the chassis. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system chassis. This ultimately results in reduced operational costs.
  • An altimeter works in conjunction with the IMM to govern fan rotation based on the readings that it delivers. This saves money under normal conditions because the fans do not have to spin at high speed.

Locations of key components

Figure 2 shows the front of the server, with key components identified.

Front view of the IBM System x3550 M2
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM System x3550 M3

Figure 3 shows the rear of the server.

Rear view of the IBM System x3550 M2
Figure 3. Rear view of the IBM System x3550 M3

Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server.

Inside view of the IBM System x3550 M3
Figure 4. Inside view of the IBM System x3550 M3

Standard specifications

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factor1U Rack.
ProcessorUp to two six-core (up to 3.46 GHz) or quad-core (up to 3.6 GHz) Intel Xeon 5600 series processors with QuickPath Interconnect technology up to 6.4 GT/s, and up to 1333 MHz memory speed.
Memory cacheUp to 12 MB L3.
ChipsetIntel 5520.
MemoryUp to 18 DIMM sockets (9 DIMMs per processor). Up to 288 GB with 16 GB DDR3 RDIMMs and 18 populated DIMM slots (up to 144 GB with 9 DIMMs per processor), or up to 48 GB with 4 GB DDR3 UDIMMs and 12 populated DIMM slots (up to 24 GB with 6 DIMMs per processor).
Memory protectionECC, ChipKill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), Memory Mirroring, and Memory Sparing.
Disk drive baysUp to eight 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs or solid-state drives (SSDs).
Maximum internal storage Up to 7.2 TB with 900 GB SAS HDDs, or up to 8.0 TB with 1 TB SATA HDDs, or up to 1.6 TB with 200 GB SSDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA/SSD is supported.
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID-BR10il v2 or M1015; RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 with M5014 or M5015. Optional upgrade to RAID 5 is available for M1015. Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 is available for M5014/M5015.
Optical drive baysOne with optional Optical Drive Enablement Kit, support for DVD-ROM or Multiburner. If used, the maximum number of HDD bays is limited to 4.
Tape drive baysNone.
Network interfacesIntegrated 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, plus 2 ports on optional Gigabit Ethernet with Ethernet Daughter Card (does not consume PCI slot).
PCI Expansion slots Up to 3 slots (up to 2 standard slots are available; one slot is dedicated to RAID controller), dependant on the riser cards used. Standard models have:
  • Slot 1: PCI Express 2.0 x16, Low-profile
  • Slot 2: PCI Express 2.0 x16, full-height, half-length
Each slot is implemented using a riser card. Each PCIe riser card can be replaced with a PCI-X riser card offering one PCI-X 64-bit/133 MHz slot.
External portsTwo USB 2.0 and one DB-15 video on front. Two USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, one RJ-45 systems management, up to 4 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network ports (2 standard, 2 optional) on rear. One internal USB port for embedded hypervisor.
CoolingIBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ with 6 counter-rotating hot swap fans with N+1 redundancy. Altimeter is to control fan speed based on atmospheric pressure.
Power supplyUp to 2 redundant hot-swap 460 W AC or 675 W AC or 675 W high efficiency (HE) AC power supplies with 90%+ efficiency. 675 W -48 V DC models are available via CTO.
Hot-swap components Hard drives, power supplies, fans.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), Predictive Failure Analysis, Light Path Diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director* and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, IBM ServerGuide. Optional Virtual Media Key for remote presence (graphics, keyboard & mouse).
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
VideoMatrox G200eV with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM. Maximum resolution is 1280x1024 at 75 Hz with 16M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5 and 6, Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.0/2.0 Realtime, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4/4.1 and VMware ESXi 4/4.1 embedded hypervisor, Sun Solaris 10, VMware vSphere 5/5.1.
Limited warranty Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/next business day (NBD) response time.
Service and SupportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 24x7/next business day or 4 hours onsite repair, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsHeight: 43 mm (1.7 in), width: 440 mm (17.3 in), depth: 711 mm (28.0 in)
WeightMinimum configuration 12.7 kg (28 lb), maximum configuration 15.9 kg (35.1 lb)
* Effective October 12, 2012, or until supply is depleted, IBM will discontinue the shipment of IBM Systems Director DVDs with IBM System x servers and IBM BladeCenter chassis. IBM Systems Director Express Edition and IBM Systems Director Standard Edition, which include software subscription and support, continue to be available for IBM System x servers and IBM Blade Centers.

The x3550 M3 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Important Notices and Statement of Limited Warranty documents
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
  • Rack Installation Instructions
  • IBM Gen 2 Slides Kit
  • IBM Gen 2 Cable Management Arm
  • 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord (one for models with one power supply and two for models with two power supplies)

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models. All models are withdrawn from marketing as of June 30, 2013. The System x3550 M4 is a suitable replacement.

Table 2. Standard models

ModelIntel Xeon processors†
(2 maximum)
RAMRAIDDisk
bays
DisksGbEDVDPower
supply
7944-DCx2x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12MB 1066MHz 6x 4 GBM5015(b)4 / 84x 300GB
10K SAS
2x GbEMulti2x 675 W
7944-12x1x E5603 1.60GHz 4C 4MB 1066MHz1x 4 GBBR10ilv24 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-22x1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8MB 1066MHz1x 4 GBM10154 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-32x1x E5607 2.26GHz 4C 8MB 1066MHz1x 4 GBM10154 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-D4x1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12MB 1066MHz1x 4 GBM10154 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-H4x1x L5640 2.26GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM5015(b)4 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-52x1x E5645 2.40GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM50144 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-54x2x E5645 2.40GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz2x 4 GBM50144 / 8Open2x GbEOpen2x 675 HE
7944-62x1x E5649 2.53GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM50144 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 460 W
7944-J4x1x X5650 2.66GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM5015(b)4 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 675 W
7944-72x1x X5675 3.06GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM5015(b)4 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 675 W
7944-82x1x X5690 3.46GHz 6C 12MB 1333MHz1x 4 GBM5015(b)4 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 675 HE
7944-D2x1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12MB 1066MHz1x 4GBM10154 / 8Open2x GbEOpen1x 675 W
† In the processor column: Standard quantity of processors, processor model, core speed, cores, L3 cache, memory speed.
(b) The ServeRAID M5015 RAID controller in this model includes a battery.

Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Express models

The following table lists the express models. Express models are typically only available in certain countries. All models are withdrawn from marketing as of June 30, 2013. The System x3550 M4 is a suitable replacement.

Table 3. Express models

North America (NA)
7944-E4U1x E5607 2.26GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz3x 2 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-E5U1x E5649 2.53GHz 6C 12 MB 1333 MHz3x 2 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-E6U1x X5650 2.66GHz 6C 12 MB 1333 MHz3x 4 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 675W
Europe Integrated Operating Team (IOT)
7944-K3Gx1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM50148/8 Open2x GbEOpt1x 675W
7944-KAG1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-KEG1x E5645 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1333 MHz2x 4 GBM50144/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 460W
7944-KLG1x E5640 2.66GHz 4C 12 MB 1333 MHz1x 4 GBM50144/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East & Africa (MEA)
7944-K3G1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM50148/8 Open2x GbEOpt1x 675W
7944-KAG1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-KEG1x E5645 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1333 MHz2x 4 GBM50144/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 460W
7944-KJG1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM10154/82x 500 GB2x GbEMulti1x 460W
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
7944-KDG1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM5015(b)4/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 675W
7944-KFG1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1066 MHz2x 4 GBM5015(b)4/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 675W
7944-KGG1x E5645 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1333 MHz2x 4 GBM5015(b)4/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 675W
7944-KHG1x E5620 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1066 MHz3x 4 GBM5015(b)4/83x 146GB2x GbEMulti1x 675W
Latin America (LA)
7944-E4U1x E5607 2.26GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz3x 2 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-E5U1x E5649 2.53GHz 6C 12 MB 1333 MHz3x 2 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-E6U1x X5650 2.66GHz 6C 12 MB 1333 MHz3x 4 GBM10154/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 675W
7944-E7U1x E5606 2.13GHz 4C 8 MB 1066 MHz1x 4 GBM10154/81x 500 GB2x GbEMulti1x 460W
7944-E8U1x E5645 2.40GHz 4C 12 MB 1333 MHz2x 4 GBM50144/8Open2x GbEMulti2x 460W
† In the processor column: Standard quantity of processors, processor model, core speed, cores, L3 cache, memory speed.
(b) The ServeRAID M5015 RAID controller in this model includes a battery.

Processor options

Features of the Intel Xeon 5600 processors used in the x3550 M3 include:

  • Intel QuickPath Technology (QPI), a platform architecture that provides high-speed (up to 25.6 GBps), and point-to-point connections both between processors and between processors and the I/O hub. Each processor has its own dedicated memory that it accesses directly through an Integrated Memory Controller. In cases where a processor needs to access the dedicated memory of another processor, it can do so through the high-speed QPI that links all the processors.
  • Turbo Boost Technology dynamically turns off unused processor cores and increases the clock speed of the cores in use. It will increase the frequency in steps of 133 MHz (to a maximum of three steps or 400 MHz) as long as the processors’ predetermined thermal and electrical requirements are still met. For example, with three cores active, a 2.26 GHz processor can run the cores at 2.4 GHz. With only one or two cores active, the same processor can run those cores at 2.53 GHz. All Xeon 5600 processors support Turbo Boost with the exception of L5609, E5607, E5606, and E5603.
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, which boosts performance for multi-threaded applications by enabling simultaneous multi-threading within each processor core, up to two threads per core. Hyper-Threading reduces computational latency, thereby making optimal use of every clock cycle. All Xeon 5600 processors support Hyper-Threading Technology with the exception of L5609, E5607, E5606, and E5603.
  • Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce power draw.
  • Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
  • Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.

The server supports the processor options listed in the following table. The server supports up to two processors. The table shows which server models have each processor standard. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then this model is only available through CTO.

Table 4. Processor options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionModels
where used
Intel Xeon 5600 series processors
81Y6548A0ZNIntel Xeon E5603 4C 1.60 GHz 4 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80w (with fan)12x
81Y6549A0ZPIntel Xeon E5606 4C 2.13 GHz 8 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80w (with fan)22x
81Y6550A0ZQIntel Xeon E5607 4C 2.26 GHz 8 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)32x, E4x
59Y40064600Intel Xeon E5620 4C 2.40 GHz 12 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)D2x, D4x
59Y40074601Intel Xeon E5630 4C 2.53 GHz 12 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y40084602Intel Xeon E5640 4C 2.66 GHz 12 MB Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
81Y6547A0ZMIntel Xeon E5645 6C 2.40 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 80w (with fan)52x, 54x
81Y6552A0ZSIntel Xeon E5649 6C 2.53 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 80w (with fan)62x, E5x
59Y40034597Intel Xeon L5609 4C 1.86 GHz 12 MB Cache 1066 MHz 40 w (with fan)-
59Y40044598Intel Xeon L5630 4C 2.13 GHz 12 MB Cache 1066 MHz 40 w (with fan)-
59Y40054599Intel Xeon L5640 6C 2.26 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 60 w (with fan)-
81Y6551A0ZRIntel Xeon X5647 4C 2.93 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 130w (with fan)-
59Y40094603Intel Xeon X5650 6C 2.66 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)J4x, E6x
59Y40104604Intel Xeon X5660 6C 2.80 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
59Y40124606Intel Xeon X5667 4C 3.06 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
59Y40114605Intel Xeon X5670 6C 2.93 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
81Y6553A0ZTIntel Xeon X5672 4C 3.20 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95w (with fan)-
81Y6554A0ZUIntel Xeon X5675 6C 3.06 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 95w (with fan)72x
59Y40134607Intel Xeon X5677 4C 3.46 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 130 w (with fan)-
59Y40144608Intel Xeon X5680 6C 3.33 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 130 w (with fan)-
81Y6555A0ZVIntel Xeon X5687 4C 3.60 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 130w (with fan)-
81Y6556A0ZWIntel Xeon X5690 6C 3.46 GHz 12 MB Cache 1333 MHz 130w (with fan)82x
Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
59Y4001*4595Intel Xeon E5503 2C 2.0 GHz 4 MB Cache 800 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y39607697Intel Xeon E5504 4C 2.0 GHz 4 MB L3 Cache 800 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y39547731Intel Xeon E5506 4C 2.13 GHz 4 MB L3 Cache 800 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y4002*4596Intel Xeon E5507 4C 2.26 GHz 4 MB Cache 800 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y3961*7745Intel Xeon E5520 4C 2.26 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y3956*7732Intel Xeon E5530 4C 2.4 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y39637698Intel Xeon E5540 4C 2.53 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1066 MHz 80 w (with fan)-
59Y3957*7699Intel Xeon X5550 4C 2.66 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
59Y3958*7696Intel Xeon X5560 4C 2.8 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
59Y3959*7733Intel Xeon X5570 4C 2.93 GHz 8 MB L3 Cache 1333 MHz 95 w (with fan)-
* Withdrawn from marketing

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal System x performance and throughput. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance feedback and optimum system uptime. From a service and support standpoint, IBM memory automatically assumes the IBM system warranty, and IBM provides service and support worldwide.

The server has 18 DIMM slots. When one processor is installed, then only nine DIMM slots can be used. When two processors are installed, then all 18 DIMM slots can be used. However, the maximum amount of DIMMs that can be installed is also limited by the type and rank of DIMM used, as follows:

  • RDIMMs
    • Up to 18 single-rank RDIMMs (nine per processor) for a maximum of 72 GB (18x 4 GB)
    • Up to 18 dual-rank RDIMMs (nine per processor) for a maximum of 288 GB (18x 16 GB)
    • Up to 12 quad-rank RDIMMs (six per processor) for a maximum of 192 GB (12x 16 GB)
  • UDIMMs
    • Up to 12 dual-rank UDIMMs (six per processor) for a maximum of 48 GB (12x 4 GB)

Each CPU has three memory channels, and there are three DIMMs per channel. RDIMMs can be populated three per channel. However, UDIMMs can only be populated two DIMMs per channel. That is, you can have up to 18 RDIMMs installed in the server, but only up to 12 UDIMMs. Mixing UDIMMs and RDIMMs is not supported.

Maximum memory speed is limited by memory speed supported by the specific CPU (that is, if the CPU only supports 1066 MHz, then the memory speed cannot exceed 1066 MHz in any case) and by the number and type of DIMMs installed (whatever is lower), as follows:
  • Intel Xeon 5600 series processors:
    • 1333 MHz when one or two single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed or one UDIMM per channel is installed
    • 1066 MHz when one quad-rank RDIMM per channel is installed or two UDIMMs per channel are installed
    • 800 MHz when three single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs or two quad-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed
  • Quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors:
    • 1333 MHz when one single-rank or dual-rank RDIMM per channel is installed or one UDIMM per channel is installed
    • 1066 MHz when two single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed, or one quad-rank RDIMM per channel is installed, or two UDIMMs per channel are installed
    • 800 MHz when three single-rank or dual-rank RDIMMs or two quad-rank RDIMMs per channel are installed
  • Dual-core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors only support memory speed at 800 MHz.

The server supports both 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs. Mixing 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs in the same server is supported for Intel Xeon 5600 series processor-based systems, in such a case all DIMMs operate at 1.5 V. Intel Xeon 5500 series processor-based systems do not support 1.35 V DIMMs.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • ChipKill (for x4-based RDIMMs)
  • Memory Mirroring
  • Memory Sparing

If memory mirroring is used then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per CPU), and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size. If memory sparing is used then DIMMs must be installed in sets of three, and all DIMMs in the same set must be identical in type and size. Memory sparing is only supported in systems with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors installed.

The following table lists memory options available for x3550 M3 server.

Table 5. Memory options
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported*Models where used
UDIMMs
44T156919142GB (1x2GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 ECC DDR3 1333Mhz LP UDIMM12-
49Y1403A0QS2GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM12-
49Y140486484GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM12-
1333 MHz RDIMMs
44T159217122GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y143489352GB (1x2GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y140589402GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18E4x, E5x
49Y143389342GB (1x2GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y139238932GB (1x2GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y140689414GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM1812x, 22x, 32x, D4x, H4x, 52x,
54x, 62x, J4x, 72x, 82x, E6x
49Y143589364GB (1x4GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y139438944GB (1x4GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18C2x, H2x
44T159917134GB (1x4GB, Dual Rankx8) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y140789424GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9  ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y143689378GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y139789238GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y1563A1QT16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM18-
1066 MHz RDIMMs
49Y139889218GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM18-
49Y1400893916GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM12-
46C7483170716GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM12-
* Maximum supported with two processors installed. With one processor installed, halve the number.

Internal storage

The IBM System x3550 M3 supports the following internal disk storage configurations:

  • Four SATA 2.5" SFF Simple-Swap hard drive bays (only available in CTO)
  • Four SAS/SATA 2.5" SFF hot-swap hard drive bays, with or without space for an optical disk drive
  • Eight SAS/SATA 2.5" SFF hot-swap hard drive bays (optical drive bay not available in this configuration)

The following figure shows these.

Internal disk storage options
Figure 5. Internal disk storage options
Standard models of x3550 M3 ship with four SAS/SATA 2.5" SFF hot-swap hard drive bays. The following table shows the option available for x3550 M3 server to add four additional hot-swap drive bays.

Option 59Y3992 upgrades models with four hot-swap HDD bays to eight hot-swap HDD bays. If the server already has an optical disk drive installed, the drive must be removed first. For model A2Y, this upgrade also requires a new RAID controller (M1015, M5014, or M5015) to be purchased.

Table 6. Internal storage expansion options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
59Y39924183IBM System x3550 M3 R2 plus 4 HDD Kit with 8HDD Bezel1

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the RAID controllers and additional options used for internal disk storage.

Table 8. RAID controllers for internal storage

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Models
where used
49Y47319742ServeRAID-BR10il SAS/SATA Controller V21A2x, 12x
81Y4492A1XLServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller1-
46M08310095ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller1B2x, C2x, D2x,
H2x, N2x, 22x,
32x, D4x
46M08329749ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key1-
46M09175744ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Kit1J2x, M2x, H4x,
J4x, 72x, 82x
46M09305106ServeRAID M5000 Series Advanced Feature Key*1-
81Y4426A10CServeRAID M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key*1-
46M09163877ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller1F2x, G2x, 52x,
54x, 62x
46M08290093ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller1J2x, M2x, H4x,
J4x, 72x, 82x
90Y4304A2NFServeRAID M5016 SAS/SATA Controller1-
46M0969**3889ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller1-
* Note: The Advanced Feature Key and Performance Accelerator Key cannot be used at the same time. Only one key can be installed onto the RAID controller.
** Withdrawn from marketing

The RAID controllers listed in the previous table occupy a dedicated PCI-E slot on x3550 M3 and do not consume regular PCI-E slots. Only one RAID controller can be used with the server to support internal HDDs.

The ServeRAID BR10il v2 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • One Mini-SAS internal connector
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 1E
  • 3 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI 1064E controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Stripe size: 64 KB (fixed)

The ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Four internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • One x4 mini-SAS internal connector (SFF-8087)
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • x4 PCI Express 2.0 host interface
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10, and up to two integrated volumes
  • Supports up to two global hot-spare drives
  • Supports drive sizes greater than 2 TB for RAID 0, 1E, and 10 (not RAID 1)
  • Fixed stripe size of 64 KB

The ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional ServeRAID M1000 Series Advanced Feature Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Configurable stripe size up to 64 KB

The ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 256 MB of onboard cache
  • Optional Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with the ServeRAID M5000 Series Battery Kit

The ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Standard Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

The ServeRAID B5015 SSD Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 1 and 5
  • 6 Gbps throughput per SAS port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on PMC-Sierra PM8013 maxSAS 6 Gb/s SAS RoC controller
  • Performance optimized for SSDs
  • Stripe size of up to 1 MB

The ServeRAID M5016 adapter card has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • 800 MHz dual-core PowerPC® processor with LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCI Express x8 Gen 2 host interface
  • 1 GB of onboard data cache (DDR3 running at 1333 MHz)
  • CacheVault technology to protect data in cache in case of critical power or server failure
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60
  • Connects to up to 128 SAS or SATA drives
  • Intermix of SAS and SATA drives are supported, but the mixing of SAS and SATA drives in the same RAID array is not supported
  • Supports up to 64 logical volumes
  • Supports LUN sizes up to 64 TB
  • Configurable stripe size up to 1 MB
  • Compliant with Disk Data Format (DDF) configuration on disk (COD)
  • S.M.A.R.T. Support

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the RAID adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=raid

Internal drive options

The following table lists hard drive options for internal disk storage of x3550 M3 server.

Table 7. Disk drive options for internal disk storage

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Hot-Swap 15K SAS HDDs
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
42D06775536IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8944A2ZKIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
Hot-Swap 10K SAS HDDs
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD8
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
49Y20035433IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
42D06375599IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
Hot-swap SAS SEDs
00AD085A48TIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED8
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
90Y8913A2XFIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED8
44W22645413IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS SED8
44W22945412IBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS SED8
Hot-Swap NL SAS HDDs
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
42D07075409IBM 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD8
Hot-Swap NL SATA HDDs
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
42D07525407IBM 500GB 7200 NL SATA 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD8
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD8
Hot-swap SAS-SSD Hybrid Drive
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid8
Hot-Swap Enterprise Value SSDs
49Y5839A3ASIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8643A2U3IBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD8
Hot-Swap Enterprise SSDs
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD8
Simple-Swap Enterprise Value SSDs*
49Y5849A3ATIBM 64GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD4
49Y5854A3AVIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD4
90Y8663A2UCIBM 256GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD4
90Y8668A2UBIBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD4
Simple-Swap Enterprise SSDs*
00W1130A3HSIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD4
* Simple-swap drives are only supported in CTO configurations with simple-swap drive bays

Internal backup units

The server does not support internal tape drive options.

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table.

Table 9. Optical drives

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
46M09014161IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM1-
46M09024163UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner1-
59Y39524182IBM System x3550 M3 R2 ODD Kit1-

The x3550 M3 server requires the Optical Drive Kit (ODD Kit), 59Y3952, to be installed to support the optical drive. If the ODD Kit is used, then the maximum number of HDD bays is limited to four.

The IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM (part number 46M0901) supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 24X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 20X
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 24X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 8X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 8X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 6X
  • DVD-R DL 4X
  • DVD+R 6X
  • DVD+R DL 4X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 4X
  • DVD+RW 4X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 4X

The IBM UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner (part number 46M0902) supports the same media and speeds for reading as the DVD-ROM (46M0901). In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • Ultra Speed Plus CD-RW 16X
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 6X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 6X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 5X

I/O expansion options

The server supports up to two PCI Express slots with different riser cards installed into two riser sockets on the system planar (one riser socket supports installation of one riser card). The slot form factors are as follows:

  • Slot 1: Low-profile
  • Slot 2: Full-height, half-length

Each slot is implemented using a riser card. Standard models have two riser cards installed, which provide a total of two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (one slot per riser card). You can replace each standard riser with a riser card with one PCI-X 64-bit/133 MHz slot (or configure this riser card instead of the standard riser using a special bid or configure-to-order):

The following table lists the PCI riser card options.

Table 10. PCI riser card options
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46M10705076IBM System x3550 M3 PCI-Express (1x16) Riser Card2*
46M10715077IBM System x3550 M3 PCI-X Riser Card (one PCI-X 1.0a 64-bit 133 MHz slot)2
* Two 1x16 riser cards are installed in standard models

The server has an additional PCI Express slot dedicated to the RAID controller.

Network adapters

x3550 M3 supports up to four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. Two ports are standard, and two ports can be added by installing an optional Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet Daughter card. This card uses a dedicated connector on the motherboard and does not consume a PCI expansion slot.

Integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Broadcom BCM5709 chip
  • TCP Offload Engine (TOE) support
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • NIC Teaming (Load Balancing and Failover)

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 11. Network adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
40 Gb Ethernet
00D9550A3PNMellanox ConnectX-3 40GbE / FDR IB VPI Adapter for IBM System x2
10 Gb Ethernet
42C1820*1637Brocade 10Gb CNA for IBM System x2
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y42505749Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y7950A18ZEmulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x2
95Y3751A348Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter & FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x2
49Y7960A2ECIntel x520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x2
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x2
81Y9990A1M4Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual Port 10GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
00D9690A3PMMellanox ConnectX-3 10 GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
42C18005751QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x2
1 Gb Ethernet
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
90Y9352A2V3Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x2
46M10763585Dual port 1Gb Ethernet Daughter Card2
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x2
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x2
42C17802995NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter2
42C17502975PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter2
39Y61262944PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter by Intel2
39Y6136*2974PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter2
InfiniBand
00D9550A3PNMellanox ConnectX-3 40GbE / FDR IB VPI Adapter for IBM System x2
95Y3750A2MYMellanox ConnectX-2 Dual-port QSFP QDR IB Adapter for IBM System x1
* Withdrawn from marketing

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Networking adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=networkadapters

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists storage adapters supported by x3550 M3 server.

Table 12. Storage adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
16 Gb Fibre Channel
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x 2
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x 2
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x 2
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x 2
00Y3341A3KXQLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x 2
8 Gb Fibre Channel
46M60493589Brocade 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
46M60503591Brocade 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D04853580Emulex 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D04943581Emulex 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D05013578QLogic 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
42D05103579QLogic 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
4 Gb Fibre Channel
59Y19873885Brocade 4 Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x2
59Y19933886Brocade 4 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x2
42C2069*1698Emulex 4 Gbps FC Single-Port PCI-e HBA for IBM System x2
42C2071*1699Emulex 4 Gbps FC Dual-Port PCI-e HBA for IBM System x2
39R6525*3567QLogic 4 Gb FC Single-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
39R65273568QLogic 4 Gb FC Dual-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
iSCSIiSCSI
39Y6146*2976QLogic iSCSI Single-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
42C17702977QLogic iSCSI Dual-Port PCIe HBA for IBM System x2
SAS
46M09123876IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA1
46M09075982IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller2
44E8700*3583IBM 3 Gb SAS HBA v22
* Withdrawn from marketing

PCIe SSD adapters

The server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table.

Table 13. SSD adapters

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46M0877*0096IBM 160GB High IOPS SS Class SSD PCIe Adapter1
46M0898*1649IBM 320GB High IOPS MS Class SSD PCIe Adapter1
46M0878*0097IBM 320GB High IOPS SD Class SSD PCIe Adapter1
* Withdrawn from marketing

Power supplies

The server supports up to two redundant power supplies, providing N+N redundancy. Standard models come with one or two power supplies (model dependent). -48V DC models are only available through CTO. The following table lists the power supplies.

Table 14. Power supplies

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Models
where used
46M10752100IBM 675 W Redundant Power Supply2*All others
69Y15104780IBM -48V DC Input 675 W Redundant Power Supply2-
81Y6557A0ZGIBM 675W High Efficiency Redundant AC Power Supply2*54x, 82x
81Y6558A0ZHIBM 460W Redundant AC Power Supply2*12x, 22x, 32x,
D4x, H4x, 52x
* At least 1 power supply comes standard with some models.

An AC power supply ships standard with one 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord. A DC power supply ships without power cords.

Integrated virtualization

The server supports VMware ESXi installed on a USB memory key. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. The following table lists the virtualization options.

Table 15. Virtualization options

PartFeatureDescriptionMaximum
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y82781776IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 41
41Y82873033IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.11
41Y8296A1NPIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 11
41Y8300 A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 11
41Y8311A2R3IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.11
41Y8382A4WZIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 11
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.51

Remote management

The server contains IBM Integrated Management Module (IMM), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.

The IMM provides remote server management through industry-standard interfaces:

  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Web browser

The optional virtual media key, listed in the following table, is required to enable the remote presence and blue-screen capture features. The remote presence feature provides the following functions:
  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1280x1024 at 75 Hz
  • Remotely accessing the server, using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
  • Mapping the CD or DVD drive, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive

The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition.

Table 16. Remote management option
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum supported
46C75265080IBM Virtual Media Key1

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Datacenter Edition Unlimited Virtualization
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.0 Realtime (x64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0 Realtime (x64)
  • Solaris 10 Operating System
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Real Time 11 AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

See the IBM ServerProven® website for the latest information about the specific versions and service levels supported and any other prerequisites:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/matrix.shtml

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions:

  • Height: 43 mm (1.7 in)
  • Width: 440 mm (17.3 in)
  • Depth: 711 mm (28.0 in)
  • Weight:
    • Minimum configuration 12.7 kg (28 lb)
    • Maximum configuration 15.9 kg (35.1 lb)

Supported environment:
  • Air temperature:
    • Server on: 10 to 35° C (50.0 to 95.0° F); altitude: 0 to 914.4 m (3,000 ft).
  • Decrease system temperature by 0.75° C for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude.
    • Server off: 5 to 45° C (41.0 to 113° F);
    • Shipment: -40 to +60° C (-40 to 140° F);
  • Humidity:
    • Server on: 20 to 80% , maximum dew point 21° C, maximum rate of change 5° C/hr
    • Server off: 8 to 80%, maximum dew point 27° C

Electrical:
  • Models with 675 W power supply
    • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 7.8 A
    • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 3.8 A
    • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
      • Minimum configuration: 0.12 kVA
      • Maximum configuration: 0.78 kVA
  • Models with 460 W power supply
    • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 5.3 A
    • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 2.6 A
    • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
      • Minimum configuration: 0.12 kVA
      • Maximum configuration: 0.53 kVA

BTU heat output:
  • Minimum configuration: 307 Btu/hr (90 watts)
  • Maximum configuration: 2660 Btu/hr (780 watts)

Acoustical noise level emission level:
  • 6.1 bels (idling)
  • 6.1 bels (operating)

Warranty options

The IBM System x3550 M3 has a 3-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next business day terms. IBM offers the following warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePacs. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePacs might be available in a particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your country, see the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at: https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac.

In general, the types of IBM ServicePacs are as follows:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours (selected areas)
    • One year or 2 years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One year or 3 years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/next business day for all severities
    • Installation and startup support for System x® servers
    • Remote technical support for System x servers
    • Software support - Support Line
      • Microsoft or Linux software
      • VMware
      • IBM Systems Director

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 17. Warranty service definitions
TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
24x7x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
9x5x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in their local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer can expect the service technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a service technician will arrive by the end of the following business day.
9x5/next business dayA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in their local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following international standards:

  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 69950-1-03
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1:2001 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS 13438, Class A; CNS 14336
  • China CCC (4943-2001), GB 9254-2008 Class A, GB 17625.1:2003
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)

External disk storage expansion

The external disk storage expansion enclosures listed in the following table are available.

Table 18. External storage expansion enclosures

Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one M5025
172701XIBM System Storage® EXP300018 (9 per port)
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express18 (9 per port)
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express9 (9 per port)

The RAID controllers listed in the following table are supported and connect to external expansion enclosures.

Table 19. RAID controllers for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
46M08300094ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller1
46M09305106ServeRAID M5000 Series Advance Feature Key*1 per one M5025
81Y4426A10CServeRAID M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key*1 per one M5025
* Note: The Advanced Feature Key and Performance Accelerator Key cannot be used at the same time. Only one key can be installed onto the RAID controller.

The ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Two Mini-SAS external connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP3000, EXP2512, and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

For more information about the M5025, see the ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x Product Guide: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0739.html?Open

The hard disk drives listed in the following table are supported inside the above-supported external expansion enclosures.

Table 20. Hard drive options for external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported
per one enclosure
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SATA 3.5" Hard Drives
43W76301000 GB Dual Port Hot Swap SATA12
49Y1940IBM 2 TB 7200 Dual Port SATA 3.5'' HS HDD12
EXP3000 Hot-Swap SAS 3.5" Hard Drives
44W2234IBM 300 GB 15K 6 Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2239IBM 450 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
44W2244IBM 600 GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" Hot-Swap HDD12
EXP2512 Hot-Swap SAS 3.5" Hard Drives
49Y1899300 GB 15,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1900450 GB 15,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1901600 GB 15,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y19031 TB 7,200 rpm 6 Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
49Y19022 TB 7,200 rpm 6 Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
EXP2524 Hot-Swap SAS 2.5" Hard Drives
49Y1896146 GB 15,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 2.5” HDD24
49Y1895300 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 2.5” HDD24
81Y9596600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS 2.5” HDD24
49Y1898500 GB 7,200 rpm 6 Gb SAS NL 2.5” HDD24

The external SAS cables listed in the following table are supported with external expansion enclosures and M5025 RAID controllers.

Table 21. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per enclosure*
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1
* Note: The EXP3000 and EX2500 series can be chained with each other. In such a case, one cable is used to connect first EXP25xx or EXP3000 to the RAID controller, and every consecutive EXP unit is connected to the previous one by one cable.

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by x3550 M3 and can be ordered through System x sales channel. The server may support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information, http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic.

Table 22. External disk storage systems

Part numberDescription
1746A2D IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A2S IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A4D IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A4S IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System
181494HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 94
181498HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 98
181492HIBM System Storage EXP395 Expansion Unit
1746A2EIBM System Storage EXP3512 Express Storage™ Expansion Unit
1746A4EIBM System Storage EXP3524 Express Storage Expansion Unit

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Storage Systems category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=externalstorage

External backup units

The server supports the external backup attachment options listed in the following table.

Table 23. External backup options

Part numberDescription
External tape expansion enclosures for internal tape drives
87651UX1U Tape Drive Enclosure
8767HHXHalf High Tape Drive Enclosure
87651NX1U Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
8767HNXHalf High Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
Tape enclosure adapters (with cables)
44E8869USB Enclosure Adapter Kit
40K2599SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit
Internal backup drives supported by external tape enclosures
46C5364 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 160 GB Bundle
46C5387 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 320 GB Bundle
46C5388 IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - Internal USB 500 GB Bundle
46C5399IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive
39M5636 IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive
43W8478IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive
44E8895IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive
49Y9898IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362516XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 160 GB Bundle
362532XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 320 GB Bundle
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
3628L3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3580S3VSystem Storage TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V
3580S4VSystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4V
3580S5ESystem Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S
3580S5XSystem Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model S53
3572S4RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO4 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
35732ULTS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
35734ULTS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
46X2682†LTO Ultrium 5 Fibre Channel Drive
46X2683†LTO Ultrium 5 SAS Drive Sled
46X2684†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High Fibre Drive Sled
46X2685†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X6912†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High Fibre Channel Drive Sled
46X7117†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
46X7122†LTO Ultrium 3 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
* Note: The external tape drives listed can be ordered through System x sales channel. Server may support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperability Center for further information.
† Note: These part numbers are the tape drives options for 35732UL and 35734UL.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Backup units category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tape

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking listed in the following table.

Table 24. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309CD8IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000DC
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
427348EIBM Ethernet Switch J48E
6630010Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port
6630011Juniper Networks EX2200 24 Port with PoE
6630012Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port
6630013Juniper Networks EX2200 48 Port with PoE
IBM System Networking - 10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
7309BD5IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124DC
7309BR6IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264R
730964FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TF
0719410Juniper Networks EX4500 - Front to Back Airflow
0719420Juniper Networks EX4500 - Back to Front Airflow
IBM System Networking - 40 Gb top-of-rack switches
8036BRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front)
8036BFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Front to Rear)
8036ARXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316R
8036AFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316F

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tor

Uninterruptible power supply units

The server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 25. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Rack-mounted UPS
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
53951AXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53952AXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53952KXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53953AX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (100 V/120 V)
53953JX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956AX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956KX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (230 V)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Power distribution units

The server supports attachments to the power distribution units (PDUs) listed in the following table.

Table 26. Power distribution units

Part numberDescription
Switched and Monitored PDUs
46M4002 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI® PDU
46M4003 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4004 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI PDU
46M4005 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4167IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4116IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A PDU
46M4119IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A PDU
46M4134IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4137IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A 3 Phase PDU
Enterprise PDUs
71762MX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU+ (WW)
71762NX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU (WW)
71763MU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU+ (NA)
71763NU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU (NA)
39M2816 IBM DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-End PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU w/South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU w/UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU w/China LC
39Y8962DPI Universal Rack PDU (Argentina)
39Y8960DPI Universal Rack PDU (Brazil)
39Y8961DPI Universal Rack PDU (India)
0U Basic PDUs
46M4122IBM 0U 24 C13 16A 3 Phase PDU
46M4125 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4128 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A PDU
46M4131IBM 0U 24 C13 32A PDU
46M4140 IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4143IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 32A 3 Phase PDU

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Racks cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table.

Table 27. Rack cabinets

Part numberDescription
201886XIBM 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072PX IBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX IBM 25U Standard Rack
14102RX IBM 25RU standard rack
14104RX IBM 42U S2 standard rack
93074RX IBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XX IBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX IBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX IBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
99564RX IBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Rack
99564XX IBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Expansion Rack

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

Rack options

The server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 28. Rack options

Part numberFeature codeDescription
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
17238BX1723HC1 fc A3EKIBM 1U 18.5" Standard Console
17238EX1723HC1 fc A3ELIBM 1U 18.5" Enhanced Media Console
172317X1723HC1 fc 00511U 17in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X1723HC1 fc 00521U 19in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
3858D3X3858HC1 fc A4X1Avocent Universal Management Gateway 6000 for IBM
1754D2X1754HC2 fc 6695IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1X1754HC1 fc 6694IBM Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2X1754HC4 fc 0726IBM Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1X1754HC3 fc 0725IBM Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Console cables
00AK142A4X4UM KVM Module VGA+SD Dual RJ45
43V61473757IBM Single Cable USB Conversion Option (UCO)
39M28953756IBM USB Conversion Option (4 Pack UCO)
39M28973754IBM Long KVM Conversion Option (4 Pack Long KCO)
46M53835341IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
46M53825340IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

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